Ya Basta!- Enough!
Enough of Racism!
Enough of Police Brutality!
To the people of Cincinnati,
To the people of the world,
With the murder of Timothy Thomas, one of many
African American men killed by police, the city of
Cincinnati has erupted into protests and riots. A sleeping city
was turned on its head as it was forced to confront issues of racism
and police brutality. In the continuing process of the push for
social change, a series of events have been organized for June 1
to 3, with two major actions happening on the 2nd. The organizers
have invited all to attend.
This is a call to action for a yellow overalls formation for
June 2nd by the Cincinnati Ya Basta! Collective. All are welcome!
The Cincinnati Ya Basta! Collective wants to make
visible the issues of racism and police brutality. We wish to tear
down the veil of silence and the wall of separation that divides
people in this city. We are rebelling against the invisibility of
such oppression in our communities, the invisibility of it in the
media and also in the conscious attempts to ignore this reality
in the hearts and minds of many people.
We wish to show our rage and discontent as visibly as
possible in order to not be ignored.
The Cincinnati Ya Basta! Collective is a local manifestation of
the Ya Basta! and yellow overalls movement. The colors orange and
yellow represent a warning, to show that our communities are in
trouble! The yellow and orange chemical suits were chosen as a strong
image to symbolize the conditions of invisibility imposed on the
marginalized, segregated and exploited people of our community and
the rest of the country. The overalls represent the clothing worn
by some of the most exploited classes of people in American society.
They represent the uniforms worn by working people and especially
by those workers with the most dangerous jobs. The overalls also
represent the uniforms of
all those locked up in jails, prisons and workgangs. We mask our
bodies and our faces to be anonymous because we are leaderless and
work together in harmony beyond the limits of ideology. Our suits
and masks are not to conceal our identity but to reveal it. We are
giving our resistance a face, for by putting on our masks and suits
we reveal our unity. By raising our voices in the streets we call
attention to the facelessness of Power and the blinding institutionalization
of racism and exploitation.
The Cincinnati Ya Basta! Collective is forming for
the upcoming actions based on the following agenda:
1) To call attention to the pervasive level of racism and
police brutality in the city of Cincinnati and the United States,
2) To adopt a confrontational, non-reformist stance
while acknowledging the need for concrete action.
3) To understand that the problems of racism and police
brutality directly effect the African American community on a day
to day basis in ways many people do not have to deal with nor understand.
Therefore, we will not impose our ideas on the African
American community but instead seek dialogue and
understanding in order to find a solution.
4) Participate in the March for Justice on June 2nd with
respect for the parameters set forth by the organizers, namely that
of a peaceful and legal march. Ya Basta! will take part in the march
to express solidarity with other
organizations and causes and to express opposition to
racism, police brutality and inequality.
We will remain somewhat subdued yet visible, with or
without overalls. The point is NOT to up the ante on the possibility
of police violence during the march in an already tense town. There
is no reason to bring more police into Over the Rhine, a community
already under siege.
The march starts at 11am on Fountain
Square in the heart of downtown.
More info on the March for Justice can be
5) Participate in the CRAC(K) (Cincinnati Radical Action Collective)
action in close cooperation with the organizing committee and within
the guidelines set forth by them. This will definitely be a yellow
overalls event! Come prepared! We are asking for a yellow overalls
formation during this action. The purpose is to occupy a section
of Hyde Park (a wealthy, high traffic, mostly white neighborhood)
in order to bring the issues of racism, police brutality and privilege
home to the
city of Cincinnati. It is also to call attention to the
nature of privilege as well as a recognition of how we all
play a part in the maintenance of privilege. The occupation will
create a liberated zone in which the search for alternatives will
become a possibility. More info to come and can be obtained from
Everyone is welcome to join up with the Cincinnati
Ya Basta! collective in the marches and actions. You can join by
wearing the suits and working together with us. Yellow overalls
will be available upon request and at the site of demonstration.
However, you should come prepared.
Please join us!
For more information and requests for suits please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Until a website is completed,
articles about Ya Basta! and the Yellow Overalls can be
found on the web at www.idrive.com. View the archives by entering
"zapatismo" in the visitor box.
For protection and defense strategies visit the NYC Ya
Basta! website at
We have heard the calls for change from the African American community,
of Over the Rhine, and the poor and marginalized peoples of the
city of Cincinnati.
We wish to stand in solidarity with you. To us you are not invisible!
We say Ya Basta!--Enough!
-The Cincinnati Ya Basta! Collective